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October 1, 2019

Update to Campus Community

Dear Monarchs,

Thank you for a great start to our 70th year! Over the past month or so, I’ve had the pleasure visiting many offices and programs, including our incredible Planetarium, the Art Gallery, Ron Reis’ electronics class, our Umoja and Black Scholars programs, the Mosaic Center (including the Dream Resource Center and Veterans Center), our Food Pantry, the Family Resource Center, STEM, and the Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) construction project. I’ve also had the opportunity to attend the Scholarship Awards Ceremony, Opening Day, the Classified Appreciation Picnic, and the Metro Bus Operators Training Academy graduation. I know that I’m barely scratching the surface, but these programs alone truly demonstrate the amazing gems we have at Valley College that I would argue are collectively unparalleled in higher education in California. I want to express my appreciation to everyone for your dedication and passion in serving our students through all of our programs. Thank you!

I’ve also had the pleasure of talking with some of our K-12 partners, including Board Member Kelly Gonez from the LAUSD, and Superintendent Matt Hill from the Burbank Unified School District. In about two weeks, I will be meeting with the LAUSD’s local Superintendent, Linda Del Cueto. It’s clear from the conversations I’ve had so far that there is great interest in growing our partnerships, including making dual enrollment courses available to all high school students -- especially those most at risk of not attending college.  We also want to ensure that our local high school students know about the welcoming environment at Valley, and the opportunities available to them through the LA Promise at Valley and all of our exceptional programs. While I recognize that we have quite a bit of work ahead of us, it’s great to know that we have support from the leadership of our K-12 partners.

Over the past five weeks, I have also spent quite a bit of time in discussions about construction. In addition to the VACC construction efforts, we have quite a few projects underway. Please see the attached construction update from Mark Strauss [PDF] for more details. We also have two major instructional buildings in the planning phase. Collectively, these projects reflect an incredible investment and will shape our campus for decades to come. Given the importance of the projects, Jennifer Read will be sending out a communication for two special Facilities Planning Committee meetings in October. These meetings will provide an opportunity for additional dialogue about the vision for the campus and inform the Facilities Master Plan Addendum that will be going to the Facilities and Master Planning Oversight Committee (FMPOC) soon.

Last week, I had the opportunity to hold open office hours with students, staff, and faculty. These were invaluable to me in learning about areas of concern and ideas for advancing Valley College. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend and share your ideas and perspectives. I also want to express my appreciation for my monthly meetings with our consultative groups, who similarly shared ideas on how to advance the college, and our participatory governance committees for their important work. And, of course, a special thanks to our Vice Presidents, Mike Lee, Karen Daar, and Florentino Manzano for all of the conversation and questions, especially related to enrollments, coyotes, campus cleanliness, and facilities.

While this year will be a busy one, I’m confident that working together we will make great progress in advancing access, equity, and success in critical ways. We will be having an Open Forum on October 21st from 1:30 to 4:00. I look forward to sharing more about the draft plans and opening up the forum to dialogue about our efforts.

Every week I have the pleasure of meeting new people who share their amazing stories of how you have impacted their lives, and I am deeply appreciative of your efforts. Also, please send me notes on upcoming events and accomplishments so we can help promote them.

Thank you and Go Monarchs!

Barry Gribbons
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-947-2321
Email Barry Gribbons

 

View a copy of President Gribbons Campus Email - October 1, 2019 [PDF] and attachment: LAVC Construction Updates 10-01-19 [PDF]


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Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

LAVC staff, faculty, and students should be aware that starting on Tuesday, January 28, the sidewalk (that runs north and south) on the westside of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed. The sidewalk will reopen on Friday, May 29. The reason for this closure is due to demolition operations of condemned Bungalows on the Westside of the college campus.

Closure of Math Science Westside Sidewalk Until May 29

The sidewalk that runs north and south on the west side of the Math Science Building will be temporary closed from January 28-May 29.

The slidewalk is being closed due to the activities related to the demolition of the condemned Bungalows westside of the campus near the Math Science Building. Signage will be place to redirect ADA/pedestrian access around the closure.

This project is part of the Bungalow Demolition Project. Read the Bungalow Demolition Construction Notification #3 [PDF]. View photo of the impacted areas [JPG] and site map of the impacted area [PDF]. 

There will be construction equipment noise in the area. However, all noise-related work is restricted between the hours of 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information on the Bungalow Demolition project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 1/24/2020 4:31:00 PM

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware of sidewalk closures effecting Music Building & Theatre Arts from December 9, 2019-January 17, 2020. The closed sidewalks include south of the Music building east entrance, south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio, east side of Motion Picture Studio, and east side of the Omega Data Center. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

Temporary Sidewalk Closures Near Music and Theater Arts

Starting December 9, 2019, there are sidewalk closures effecting Music & Theatre Arts buildings. Directional signage will be placed to route student traffic during this period.

This work is part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. Read the EII Construction Notification #14 with diagram [PDF].

The sidewalk closures are located:

  • south of the Music building east entrance,
  • south of Music building between the Motion Picture Studio,
  • east side of Motion Picture Studio, and
  • east side of the Omega Data Center.

There will also be construction related equipment noise in the area. 

Work is expected to be completed by January 17, 2020.

For more information on the EII Project and this construction activity, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 will be closed starting on December 6, 2018 and fencing is being installed as part of the Energy Infrastructure Improvements (EII) project. The EII project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Closure of Lot H, Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49 in Preparation for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement Project

Starting on Thursday, December 6, mobilization will begin for the Energy Infrastructure Improvement (EII) project. The project includes the demolition of Bungalows 45-47 and 50-52 in preparation for the construction of the Thermal Energy Storage Tank (TES), equipment upgrades in the Central Plant, and construction of underground piping for the north loop located at the north end of Monarch Square.

Construction fencing will be erected around Lot H, the Quad Park, and Bungalows 45-47, 50-52, and 48-49. Pedestrian access into the campus will be available on the west side of Lot H as illustrated on this diagram [JPG].

In addition, Lot H will be used for contractor's offices, parking and lay down, and will be closed to campus parking during the duration of the project. 

For more information on the EII Project, please contact Michael Dobrotin of Build-LACCD at (714) 345-7655 or email Michael Dobrotin.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 12/3/2018 8:00:00 AM

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

LAVC students, faculty and staff should be aware that the campus bungalows along Burbank Boulevard are permanently closed as of August 23, 2018. New fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H.

Closure of Southern Portion of Bungalows in preparation for the Bungalow Removal Project

In preparation for an upcoming Bungalow Removal Project, most of the bungalows along Burbank Boulevard have been permanently closed. 

The new fencing has been installed around groups of bungalows until they are demolished. There are designated pedestrian pathways through the area to allow for pedestrian access into the campus from Burbank Boulevard and from Parking Lot H, as illustrated on the LAVC Campus Map.

In addition, College Sheriff personnel will continue to patrol the area. If you see any suspicious activity, please report it to the LAVC Sheriff's Office at (818) 947-2433. 

For more information regarding this project, contact Tom Lopez in Maintenance & Operations at (818) 947-2301.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 8/23/2018 8:00:00 AM

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

LAVC faculty, staff and students should be aware that activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) begins on September 10, 2016. Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot, and new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close.

Installation of the Valley Academic and Cultural Center Construction Fencing, Permanent Closure of Parking Lot C & Restriping of Parking Lot B 

Starting Saturday, September 10, activities related to the construction of the new Valley Academic and Cultural Center (VACC) will begin.

Parking Lot B will be restriped to delete parking stalls and create a east-west roadway in the lot. In addition, new construction fencing for the VACC project will be installed, and Parking Lot C will permanently close. In Parking lot B, a number of parking stalls will be removed, and a new vehicle access lane will be striped to create a new two-lane vehicle pathway north of a new temporary construction fence starting September 10.

Following that, new construction fencing will be installed that will permanently close Lot C, and the current pedestrian pathways between the Music Building and Campus Drive to Parking Lot B will not be accessible. New paths will be identified / added to facilitate pedestrian traffic around the construction site. Please refer to this map [JPG].

For more information on the VACC project and this construction activity, please contact Keith Hoard of Build-LACCD at (818) 756-0954 or email Keith Hoard.

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 9/9/2016 8:00:00 AM